How can the University of North Carolina
system best serve the state?
An 18-month listening tour should give U-N-C officials a good
That's the plan announced Friday by U-N-C President Erskine
Bowles, who'll travel the state over the next 18 months with
professors and system administrators.
Bowles says it was clear from a two-day education conference at North Carolina State University that the global
economy was changing rapidly and higher education needs to keep up.
He praised the state's community college system for being
"demand driven" and responsive to local needs.
Bowles plans to visit every region of the state as officials try
to determine how the 16-campus system can best serve North Carolina
over the next 20 to 30 years.